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Does protein come from meat?

April 14, 2020

I am sure many of us had the wrong belief that the only way we can get protein is by eating a red and juicy steak. But I cannot blame you, that is the way we have been educated (brainwash). Our parents have told us that if we want to grow strong and healthy, we need to eat our protein. And that is not wrong, protein is important for building muscle. However, we were not told that it is possible to get protein from other foods than chicken or meat, among others. Before continuing with this point, first let’s understand what really is protein.

Proteins are long chains of amino acids that form the basis of all life. There are 20 different kinds of amino acids that chain together to form different kinds of proteins.

Although the human protein can produce some amino acids by itself, there are nine amino acids that the body cannot produce. The way the body gets these proteins is through our diet. That’s the reason these amino acids are known as essential amino acids. This is the list of essential amino acids:

  • histidine
  • isoleucine
  • leucine
  • lysine
  • methionine
  • phenylalanine
  • threonine
  • tryptophan
  • valine

Proteins are also classified depending on the type of essential amino acids it contains. The three type of proteins are:

  • complete protein: it contains all the essential amino acids
  • incomplete protein: it contains at least one essential amino acids
  • complementary protein: there are foods that contain two incomplete proteins that can be combined to form complete protein.

Although plant foods ingredients by themself lack all the essential amino acids, you can still get all the essential amino acids by combining them. For example, if you only eat rice in your meal, you will not get enough lysine. In order to compensate for this, you can add beans that are high in lysine, such as beans or lentils.

Beans Rice

In a nutshell protein is one of the essential macronutrients that are important to consume to sustain life. That is why it is important to get the proper amount of protein if you want your body to stay healthy. Although you cannot get all the essential amino acids from one plant ingredient, you can combine different ingredients and get all the required amino acids that your body needs.

Recipe of the day

The recipe of this blog post is going to be a tasty Chickpea Tomato Pasta.

Chickpea Tomato Pasta

Ingredients

  • 400gr pasta
  • 1l water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 kale leaves
  • 1 carrot diced
  • ½ small (10 cm) zucchini
  • ½ yellow paprika
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • 400g Tomato purée
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika powder
  • 1-2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 dl chickpeas”

Instructions

Boil water with salt and heat olive oil on a pan.Meanwhile the water is boiling, chop onion and garlic into small pieces and add to the pan.

Fry for 2 minutes.Chop kale and add to the pan. Cook until it loses its texture.Chop zucchini and red pepper in small same size pieces and add to the pan. Fry 2 minutes.Chop tomatoes in small pieces and add to the pan.

Cook until they lose their texture.Add canned tomatoes and stir. Add spices according to your liking.Enjoy